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Daily News Digest:23 September 2021

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS PATENT FEES REDUCED BY 80%

In another important step towards Mission Aatmanirbhar Bharat, the benefits associated with 80% of the fee for patent filing & prosecution have been extended to Educational Institutions. The Centre has notified the amendments to the Patents Rules in this regard.

FRAMEWORK FOR ENHANCED AND SYNERGISED UTILISATION OF SIMULATORS

Ministry of Defence (MoD) has circulated the framework for enhanced and synergised utilisation of simulators by the 3 Services and the Indian Coast Guard (ICG). The framework emphasises indigenous design & development and outsourcing of operation and maintenance of simulators to the Indian companies.

NATIONAL SINGLE WINDOW SYSTEM FOR INVESTORS AND BUSINESSES

Under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Union Minister for Commerce and Industry, Shri Piyush Goyal, launched the ‘National Single Window System (NSWS)’, on September 22, 2021, for investors and businesses. It is a single-window portal that will act as a one-stop-shop for investors or entrepreneurs, to get approvals and clearances required from Government.

THREE NEW PROJECTS AT NEW MANGALORE PORT

Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways will open and lay the foundation stone for 3 projects in New Mangalore Port on 24 Sep 2021. These include laying the foundation stone for a truck parking terminal and modification of the U.S. Mallya Gate and dedication to the nation of the newly built business development centre.

WORLD RHINO DAY: 22 SEPTEMBER

Every year, on 22 September, World Rhino Day is observed. The day is celebrated to raise awareness of the need to protect all the 5 existing species of Rhinoceros, which are: Black Rhino, White Rhino, Greater one-horned Rhino, Sumatran Rhino, Javan Rhinos

MISSION DEPLOYED - INS TABAR: EXPLAINED

For improving military cooperation with friendly nations, the Indian Naval Ship INS Tabar was deployed for more than three months on June 13, 21. During its deployment, she made 11 port calls in 9 countries European and African countries, traversing nearly 20,000 nautical miles. In all the ports, the ship was warmly welcomed by the local authorities and was visited by a number of local dignitaries.

FIRST CONSIGNMENT OF LADEN DWARF CONTAINERS FROM JNPT PORT

On September 20, 2021, the Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Sarbananda Sonowal virtually flagged off the dwarf container train service from Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT). The benefit of dwarf containers is that they are shorter in size due to which they can be double-stacked, as well as easily run on electrified tracks.

DATA SHARING AGREEMENT BETWEEN REC LIMITED AND J-PAL

REC Limited, a public infrastructure finance company under the Ministry of Power and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) South Asia are collaborating to create an annual, data-based assessment of 79 public and private power distribution companies (DISCOMS) across India to improve consumer service delivery and ensure reliable electricity supply to consumers. Under this partnership, REC and J-PAL South Asia will work together to obtain available information on DISCOMS services to find ways and to find gaps in the quality of power supply.

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